Members of Opening Doors Fairfield County were part of the Connecticut team that convened in Washington DC for the CSH Social Innovation Fund (SIF) national initiative. This five-year effort effectively demonstrated how supportive housing pulls people with the most complex issues out of the revolving door of costly crisis services.
Findings from the evaluation of the SIF Supportive Housing Program were presented by New York University’s evaluation team and concluded this program reduced utilization of shelters and costly health care, primarily through reduced hospitalizations. These reductions can substantially offset program costs.
Connecticut was joined by providers from Los Angeles (CA), San Francisco (CA), Ann Arbor (MI) to advance their plans to sustain an effective model that integrates health and housing supports and resources to more effectively and more efficiently provide care to vulnerable people. The Connecticut SIF team also advocated for key homeless programs on Capitol Hill meeting with the offices of Senator Chris Murphy and Representative Rosa DeLauro.